Inquisition (1976)

Director
Paul Naschy

Main cast
Paul Naschy; Daniela Giordano; Mónica Randall; Ricardo Merino; Tony Isbert

Genres
Horror

Description
Period piece set during the Inquisition about a witch-finder general who falls in love with the village beauty, who has made a pact with the devil to seduce and condemn the man who is killing off Satan's servants.


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